Friday, 22 April 2011

Inspiration: 1st instalment

So, here we go :-) Here's the book that began it:


It came to me from Kirsty, as part of the lovely Sian's lovely Pass The Book project :-) Which means of course, as Sian's fans will know, now that I've finished it it's time for me to pass it on too! But first I want to show you how it inspired me....

Here's the thing. Before I even opened this book, I decided that I wanted to take as much inspiration from it as possible. It's structured as a series of 'articles', each featuring one woman, her craft, and her craft space, so I figured I could read just one article at a time, read it and reflect upon it, make something if I felt so moved but not worry too much if I didn't, and then move on to the next article.

I made the mistake of reading the first article just before bed on the day the book arrived.

I couldn't get to sleep that night!! I should have just got up and acted on the inspiration then and there, but I kept trying to battle it and get some sleep.... In the end, I got up early the next morning and started to create then!


My first piece was inspired by a mixed-media artist called Danita. What stayed with me were: her favourite colours (green, blue and red), her favourite quotation ('Art is the only way to run away without leaving home' - Twyla Tharp), and the detail above from one of her pieces. Together, it all became this art journal page:


I made sure to read the next article at the beginning of a day!! And just as well....


The muted tones and wooden furniture in this photo of Connie Govea Stuart's workspace, together with a tiny bird's nest piece shown elsewhere in the article, reminded me of a tiny wooden birdhouse I picked up some time ago and never quite got around to doing anything with - until now:


Next up I admired the work and workspace of Hanne Matthiesen. She loves muted pastels, whites, and just a tiny touch of red. She also likes to take words as inspiration.


Those ideas came together in my mind to prompt an altered glass slide holder, which reminded me of a book in itself:


I covered it with lots of tissue paper and white acrylic paint, so it has a lot of texture!


Inside, the stamped and paper-backed glass slides remind me of book spines, which also came from this article :-)


I wasn't sure at first where the whimsical work of Ashley Carter was going to take me, but this twisted branch stayed in my mind:


And so did these clocks, along with her chosen colours of robin's egg blue and sea green.


And gradually, this piece evolved:


It's a twig wrapped in embroidery threads, with clockfaces stamped onto thin cork sheets and then mounted on gold wire, with a tiny wicker 'nest' added - and it's like nothing else I've ever made, but I rather love it!


It wasn't just the pictures that inspired me, though often they were part of it (and not always in an obvious way!) Lori Oles described her love of vintage papers and crochet trim, and suggested trying out an idea on a small scale first.


When I put those words together with the bling and hint of orange in the above, they became a tiny decorated canvas:


So, 5 articles in, and I'd already made 5 pieces! Clearly inspiration wasn't going to be in short supply :-) To the extent that I'll have to leave it here for now, that's plenty for one blog post I think! Look out for part 2 tomorrow...

31 comments:

Sian said...

I'm gobsmacked! I knew you said you were inspired, but - wow! Amazing stuff Mel: if this book makes its way back to me I will print out this post and pop it inside. Actually, I might just print it out anyway..

helena said...

Love how you've recorded how different aspects inspired you - a colour scheme, a quote, an idea of making something small

Wonderful pieces and such versatility

Cheri said...

Holy Moly Mel! You really have gone to town with this book. Love all your little creations and what you pulled from the ideas in the book. You are AMAZING!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Wow, Mel. Wow. I'm so impressed with all the inspiration you have taken from this book! Your projects are all amazing. Wow. Well done, my friend! xo

Miss Smith said...

Amazing work, thanks for sharing! It's great to hear how each different bit inspired what as well.

Lizzie said...

Oh noooooo I want to see the rest Noooowwww!

Amazing and lovely things, Mel, all inspired by others. How cool is that?! It's so nice to see it all and hear your little story for each item. Maybe once you've finished with it all, you could make a mini scrap-book, to document the whole thing, from book, to inspiration, to finished artworks - item by item. It would be a lovely thing to have around, to remind you how it all happened and encourage you, if you're having a "no inspiration" or "I can't" sort of spell in your life.

Thank you for sharing it all with us - I can't wait to see Part 2 now!

Kai said...

Wow, like Sian, I'm gobsmacked (perfect word)! Your inspiration inspired by this book inspires me. I love the little branch thing you created with the clocks. LOVE it! TFS!

Tammy said...

Wow, Mel! That is amazing. Your pieces are gorgeous. Very cool to see how you took the inspiration and created something of your own. Great job!

Photographing Mom said...

Whoa, girl!! You have been busy!!! Awesome creations!!!!!

JO SOWERBY said...

wow mel those pieces are so beautiful and really inspiring. this book sounds amazing. i especially love the twig with all the detailing and the tissue paper ideas,
Jo xxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh my flippin' gosh, Mel!!! What an amazing post today! Each creation is better than the last! I thought - cool art journal page and, then, I love that slide mailer! By the time I got to the branch with clock faces, I felt like my head was going to explode! Such a terrific idea and such terrific projects. Brava girl!
I'm going to go look at them all again,
Rinda

Melissa said...

Oh Mel, what wonderful inspiration from one book. All your pieces are lovely and so unique - fabulous! I really need to take a look at that book. :>)

Kirsty.a said...

Well done. i was inspired too, especially by Danika and Hanne, but I was nowhere near as productive. I especially love the birdhouse and the branches

Jinnag said...

Well if this post doesn't shout out "Scrapbook this" I don't know what does. What you have done is inspirational too! I have one of those little slide mailers somewhere - I think I need to find it!!J x

Heather said...

Blimey Mel! You certainly know how to act on inspiration don't you!! Beautiful artwork TFS xx

scrappyjacky said...

Amazing,Mel...this book must have been truly inspirational.
I love all the projects, but you saved the best for last....that little canvas is my definate favourite.

Miriam said...

Absolutely wonderful projects Mel, what a truly inspirational book, I would love to be so inspired to actually MAKE something again. Fantastic post x

Gez said...

Wow! Mel! What a fabby project. Love all your creations. Brilliant.xx

Jimjams said...

Stunning work - how lovely that so many chapters have inspired you so beautifully. Fabulous work!

Rhona said...

Wow Mel, you really have been inspired. I love what you've done here, especially the little birdhouse!
Have a wonderful Easter xx

jennifer said...

Gosh mel, what a lot of beautiful things! I am so impressed. My fave is the little birdhouse, it's too cute. I have to get hold of that book at some point! x

Karen said...

Oh Mel what fabulous pieces of art you have made. I love each and every one of them.

Clair said...

Hey Lady! That's some imagination you have - I'm loving the birdhouse. I did ooh and ahh over everything appropriately, but you definitely had me at the birdhouse.

Has someone been purchasing stamps? I didn't see you using mine on that canvas! x

furrypig said...

WOW!!! I love evrythin that you have made and I HAVE to read that book as it is such an amazing inspiration! Can't wait to see what else you create and I sooo want to put my name down to be in that pass the book!!!

Amy said...

My goodness, gobsmacked is certainly the word for your productivity if nothing else!

Mel, you have approached this book in a fantastic way and I love how you have been inspired - excellent!

Ginger said...

Mel!! That is awesome that you got so much inspiration from one book and all so very different. I like the twig with the clocks, it sure would look great in a narrow vase. You're a creating machine :)

Karen said...

Mel, these pieces are just fantastic. I thought I'd be able to say the birdhouse was my favorite when I saw it, but each piece was more wonderful than the last! The last two pieces blew me away! Explaining how you got your inspiration was equally wonderful.

Alison said...

I am SO impressed, Mel....you have created some BEAUTIFUL projects-I especially love the birdhouse! I could have enjoyed looking at the same book but not even thought about making anything myself!
Alison xx

Scribble Monster said...

What an array! Superbly done and inspirational xx Jen

Tracey said...

How fantastic! Such inspiration ... wow! You are a one woman creative machine!! :D

Rachel Holaday said...

This is fantastic! I especially love the mini-canvas. Wow!